Children Growing Up in Countryside Have Lower Risk of Depression

Children Growing Up in Countryside Have Lower Risk of Depression

A new study, performed by Aarhus University in Denmark, suggests that children who grow up in the countryside have a 55% lower risk to develop depression in later life.

For their research, the scientists used satellite data received between 1985 and 2013 aiming to assess the green space around the childhood homes of approximately one million Danes. The researchers compared these data and the risk of developing a mental disorder later in life.

The analysis of the received data showed that people who grew up in the countryside surrounded by green space had lower risk of a mental-health disorder, including depression.

One of the researchers Dr. Engemann says: “Green space throughout childhood is therefore extremely important. There is increasing evidence that the natural environment plays a larger role for mental health than previously thought.”


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